A fascinating memoir about poker that lays all its cards on the table.
When Victoria Coren was a kid her brother dealt her in to a game of poker. When she grew up she won the European Poker Tour. This is the story of that million-dollar win and of Coren's twenty-year obsession, from the seedy charm of illegal cash games to the wonderland of Las Vegas. There is friendship and there is money; loneliness, heart-break and defeat. And there is that magical, dreamlike tournament when the cards are all falling Coren's way.
Victoria Coren is an author, journalist and poker player. She is the daughter of the humorist Alan Coren, sister of journalist Giles Coren. A graduate of Oxford University, she writes weekly columns for the Observer and Guardian newspapers and regular articles for other publications. Coren has been playing poker for 15 years, and won the lucrative London EPT/European Championship in 2006.?
she writes, on several levels, with wit, honesty, and perfect freshness.' Martin Amis
'A terrific poker book and a terrific memoir...engaging, lucid, full of verve and a pleasure to read. This book is also really funny. These pages are crowded with fascinating people. There is also an unexpected resonance and depth. What more can you ask from a read?' Observer
'Coren's book is not just a witty meditation on a card game with a cast of charismatic rogues who have nicknames to rival mobsters. It's also a painfully revealing account of her personal life...Coren is a strangely winning combination of lone cowgirl, femme fatale and soft-centred feminist.' Australian